September 29, 2016

The Council of Canadians Guelph chapter was at the rally at Guelph City Hall on September 26 and is now preparing for the upcoming debate on November 7.

The Guelph Mercury reports, "Local residents will get a chance in November to tell Guelph council what they think of commercial bottling of area groundwater, as a result of a motion passed unanimously by council after about 300 people staged a noisy anti-Nestle rally Monday [September 26]. ...Supporters of [Councillor James] Gordon’s motion filled the gallery in council chambers and overflowed into a separate viewing room in city hall. The gallery gave Gordon a lengthy standing ovation after his opening remarks during the two-hour debate."

Nestle is applying to the provincial government for a 10-year renewal of its permit to extract 3.6 million litres of water a day from the Grand River watershed. The Aberfoyle permit expired on July 31, but Nestle has continued to pump water under the terms and conditions of the old permit as the ministry reviews its application.

September 29, 2016

The Council of Canadians Regina, Quill Plains, Saskatoon and Prince Albert chapters have written the Saskatchewan government to express their dismay over the clearcutting of traditional lands held by the family of Idle No More co-founder Sylvia McAdam Saysewahum on Treaty 6 territory in Saskatchewan.

In a joint media release, Regina chapter activist Jim Elliott says, "The Saskatchewan Government by way of Minister of the Environment Scott Moe continues to blame the victim for the clearcutting of their traditional hunting lands. Ms. Sylvia McAdam has been told 'they will clearcut and take the trees no matter what we say'. They have been asking the government to stop for five years. That is why we have gone public on this matter.”

September 29, 2016

Newfoundland and Labrador's information and privacy commissioner, Donovan Molloy, has indicated in a recent report that amounts paid to doctors through Newfoundland and Labrador's publicly-funded Medical Care Program should be released.  Molloy highlighted, "There is no principled reason why physicians' billings should not be subject to the same transparency as payments to employees, businesses, consultants and other parties receiving funding from government." A 2013, NL auditor general’s report said that 142 physicians billed MCP for more than $500,000 and eight billed for more than $1 million in a single year.

September 29, 2016

Council of Canadians organizer AJ Klein at the Burnaby Mountain protests against the Kinder Morgan pipeline, November 2014.

There is speculation that the Trudeau government is likely to approve the 890,000 barrel per day Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline on Monday December 19.

Bloomberg News reports, "Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to approve at least one new oil pipeline project in his first term, with Kinder Morgan Inc.’s Trans Mountain expansion to the Pacific Coast the most likely candidate, people familiar with his plans said. ...Kinder’s proposal is seen as likeliest to win approval despite opposition among key figures in vote-rich Vancouver, the people said. The Trans Mountain expansion already has conditional regulatory sign-off from the National Energy Board. ...Trudeau’s government believes it must demonstrate to investors the country is capable of reaching consensus to build major energy projects."

The article adds, "The government hopes to approve one project before the next election in 2019, the people said."

September 29, 2016

Guelph MPP Liz Sandals

The Member of the Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Guelph says public opposition to Nestle is based on "misinformation".

The Canadian Press reports that Liz Sandals, who is also a provincial cabinet minister, "says she finds it frustrating that many opponents don't realize the company agreed to reduce its water takings from the Aberfoyle well because of the drought."

But the comment by Sandals is misleading.